Research Matters

By Research Matters | Recent & latest research based news stories & highlights in science, engineering, technology & humanities in India.

How hard can you bite?

Scientists from Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have developed a novel device made of a fibre Bragg grating to measure the force exerted with a …

Science

Decrease in Himalayan glaciers, study warns of flash floods, depleting water resources

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology and National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee have found that the number of glaciers had gone down …

Climate Change

A novel nickel and graphene based device for hybrid energy storage

Researchers from Pondicherry University, Puducherry and SRM University, Chennai have recently demonstrated a novel device made of Nickel/ Nickel …

Batteries

Researchers design a device to enable detailed study of cells – one at a time

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) here have designed a novel device that can help biologists to stretch cells and study them one …

Biology

Scientists devise new treatment for diabetic wounds

Scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology- Madras, Chennai and CSIR- Central Leather Research Institute, Adyar, Chennai have developed a new …

Health

Researchers develop viral disease resistant variety of cowpea

Guwahati Wednesday, 13 December 2017 (Research Matters)https://soundcloud.com/researchmatters/protecting-our-cowpeas-from-virusesPest infestation of …

Biology

Microbiome of a pest might affect its interaction with rice crops, shows study

Purabi Deshpande Tuesday, 12 December 2017 (Research Matters)Scientists from Sun Yat-sen University, China, International Centre for Genetic …

Microbiome

Whose cup of tea is it – ours or leopards’?

Tasseography, the art of fortune telling with tea leaves from the north eastern parts of India, might reveal the ochre-yellow rosseted coat of a …

Wildlife

Scientists study the role of the tiny electrons in massive galaxy clusters

An international team of scientists from Indian Institute of Technology –Indore, India, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, Raman Research …

Physics

New study on mRNA binding to STAR proteins may help in designing drugs against diseases

In a recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) …

Biology

Why are Field crickets talented rock artists?

If ever the Beatles were to be formed again, they would definitely agree to rope in field crickets, the distant rockstar relatives of grasshoppers, …

Insects

Infection of novel cryptic virus observed in Pigeonpea plant

Researchers from the CSIR- Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh have discovered the presence of a novel cryptic …

Biology

Trash to treasure: A look at the technological options to turn waste to energy

Scientists from Indian Institute of Technology- Dhanbad have been looking at the available technological options to turn waste to energy for an …

Recycling

Strengthening soil microbes to replace fertilizers.

Purabi Deshpande Thursday, 7 December 2017 (Research Matters)A collaborative study by scientists from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi …

Agriculture

Relationship between sexual selection and mating outside a social group

In the study of evolutionary biology, a lot of importance is given to trade offs in the survival of organisms. Questions like when should a predator …

Evolution

Wonder material graphene to make way into next gen electronic devices

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), in collaboration with the University of Alabama, have …

Engineering

Researchers use new scaffolding material from tasar silk for tissue engineering

Dharwad Wednesday, 6 December 2017 (Research Matters)https://soundcloud.com/researchmatters/tasar-silk-and-tissue-engineeringResearchers at the …

Breakthroughs

Scientists study the role of metals in improving Protein crystallization

Dennis C J Wednesday, 6 December 2017 (Research Matters)Scientists from Poornaprajna Institute of Scientific Research (PPISR), Indian Institute of …

Chemistry

Scientists develop a mathematical model to better utilize social media platforms

Researchers from Indian Institute of Science have proposed a mathematical approach to maximize the reach of our social media posts, while keeping the …

Social Media Marketing

Researchers design supercapacitors that charges with UV light

Imagine your phone or your laptop that could charge on its own without you having to plug it in! While it might look like a page from the distant …

Batteries

Scientists identify Cholera hotspots in India

A team of scientists from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Epidemics, Maryland, USA, Transitional Health Science and Technology, New Delhi, with …

Public Health

Fig trees save Bengaluru’s green cover!

Once known for its green cover, rapid urbanization and expansion of Bengaluru in the last two decades has led to the city losing 78 per cent of its …

Ecology

The Black Stripe of Information

Ever wondered how an ATM card stores information? Most of us are aware that the black strip at the back of the card plays an important role in this …

Magnetism

Tailoring the physical and chemical properties of nano-carriers could help enhance anti-cancer therapies

Scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Gandhinagar have extensively reviewed how the physical and chemical properties of …

Cancer

World AIDS Day: Can we help lower the struggle load?

It was a struggle. The death of parents, poor health, social discrimination, expulsion from school. But they were together. In May 2010, 15 years old …

Public Health

Did an abandoned river give rise to the Indus Valley civilization?

An International team, including scientists from Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT K), Imperial College London, UK, Technical University of …

Ancient History

Monsoon Mission ready to use forecasts for disaster management

Successful in its experimental extended range weather forecasts (for up to 20 days), the Monsoon Mission launched by the Ministry of Earth Sciences …

India

Women employed in the informal sector: Boon or bane?

Increasing participation by women in the informal sector could provide a boost to the economy by increasing the income opportunity for a family, but …

Economy

Target families for screening to check and treat chronic diseases, experts

Families live and eat together, they breathe the same air and they share the same genes. It is time to think about the entire household collectively …

Himachal Pradesh